• Exploring along the White River

    When geologist Henry Rowe Schoolcraft of New York explored the upper White River in 1818-19, just about everything went wrong. He had no frontier experience and his guide, Levi Pettibone, apparently knew very little about surviving in the wilderness. Schoolcraft, the guide and their packhorse …

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  • The Internet, mental illness and you

    “Is The Web Driving Us Mad?,” asks a recent Newsweek cover story. According to the article, there is now a growing body of evidence that our fascination with the Internet, smartphones, video games and related technology has become a clinical ADDICTION. Our ever-present hobbies have …

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  • Civil War brings diseases 150 years ago

    One hundred and fifty years ago, the summer of 1862 took its toll on soldiers in both armies. As camps became crowded disease became commonplace. As the drought continued, crops failed, soldiers got sick, and Arkansas citizens wore themselves out in a meager and in …

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  • One author’s tribute to spam — of the email kind

    I attended a math conference for three days in Washington, D.C., and chose not to take any electronic device for checking my email. When I came back, my email account had almost reached its quota, and there were hundreds of unread messages. Almost all of …

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  • Don’t be alarmed

    Baby, it’s hot outside. If it wasn’t for the refreshing cold front pushing through parts of the U.S. right now, one might be tempted to think there is something to all that global warming nonsense that conveniently breaks out every time it is warm enough …

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  • Ledge update

    LITTLE ROCK  —  Arkansas state government ended its fiscal year with a budget surplus of about $145 million. The governor proposed spending the surplus in three main categories — Medicaid, economic development and capital projects at colleges and universities. When combined with money left over …

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  • Talk of draft dodgers gets cease fire

    The times, they are a-changin’. Forgive the anachronistic reference to a Bob Dylan song, but it’s in the service of a point. There was a time when his music, as well as the war he protested, was relevant in American politics. Whether presidential candidates avoided …

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  • Get fired up for freedom — start fighting for it

    When Chief Justice John Roberts upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare, he didn’t just betray conservatives. His twisted legal logic also betrayed the American people by opening the door to the largest expansion of federal power since Social Security was enacted. Roberts and his new liberal …

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  • Pugh’s Mill artist used concrete to construct faux wood parts

    Dedicated on Aug. 6, 1933, the Old Mill in the Lakewood subdivision of North Little Rock was the vision of land developer Justin Matthews. He started the first residential development, Park Hill, in the same area in 1921. As plans were made for Lakewood, Matthews …

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  • Price gouging prevented

    One hundred and fifty years ago, Arkansas was in a political and military lockdown.  As the Federal Army inched its way through the state, Thomas C. Hindman took full control of the state.  The past several columns have related various General Orders given by the …

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  • Best fishing spots are usually kept secret

    It was the first weekend of fishing season, and I was taking my family to my favorite fishing spot. I stopped at a gas station to fill up, and one of my best friends, Lenny, pulled in beside me. I could tell by the gear …

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  • Teachers, leave them kids’ sunscreen alone

    What’s so fair about a fair complexion? I ask that as one who tires of “clever” remarks about onlookers being blinded by my legs when I wear shorts, and as someone whose family attends a whole lot fewer afternoon ballgames than Dracula. Yes, sun damage …

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